Sporting KC moves to 1st in Western Conference with win over LA Galaxy

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Posted at 10:30 AM, Jul 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-05 11:30:28-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With a Fourth of July win over the Los Angeles Galaxy, Sporting Kansas City now leads the MLS Western Conference.

Sporting faced the Galaxy in California for a holiday match.

According to the Associated Press, Johnny Russell scored in the 81st minute and Khiry Shelton added a stoppage-time goal to help secure the 2-0 win.

Russell had a hard left-footed shot saved, but it returned directly at him and he poked a high-arcing header into the left corner of the goal.

Shelton scored on a breakaway for Sporting in the fifth minute of stoppage time after the Galaxy had pushed its numbers forward in search of a tying goal. Javier “Chicharito” Hernández was a late scratch for the Galaxy.

With the Sunday victory, Sporting KC now holds 8 wins, leading the conference.